Here’s a rarity: an Indian lunch buffet restaurant that entices you back for dinner a la carte. Tucked beneath Rockefeller Center’s iconic skyscrapers, Rangol is a midday magnet for midtown shoppers and paper-pushers with big appetites. Surprisingly, there’s a decent dinner crowd as well, perhaps drawn to the elegant, neutral-toned dining room. Dishes are distinctively engaging: Chicken hyderabadi, not often seen on these shores, is hot with mustard seed and chilies. Offerings from the tandoori clay oven include tender quail, whole pomfret fish and a yogurt-and-ginger–marinated lamb chop served sizzling in their own juices.
41 W 46th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Sixth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 11:30am–3:30pm, 5:15–10pm; Sat, Sun noon–3:30pm, 5:15–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, F, V to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr|
|Price:||Average main course: $11. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|